Three gardaí whose promotions were blocked suffer further blow
Three senior gardaí who were listed for promotion to chief last year but whose upgrades were not sanctioned because of Government financial restrictions, have suffered a second body blow to their career prospects.
The three were among five superintendents who had been selected after undergoing a stringent promotion process to fill critical vacancies at the top of the force.
But they were blocked after the Government refused to give permission for further promotions.
The Policing Authority took over responsibility for senior promotions from January and the five were among the fresh candidates.
However, it was learned last night that only two have been included in the list of 15 successful candidates chosen by the authority - Det Supt Brian Sutton, of Dublin South division, and Supt Pat Murray, from Athlone.
The decision to omit the other three has caused concern within the force in view of the unprecedented scenario that arose last December when they could not automatically be guaranteed to be promoted this year.
One of the 15 new chiefs is former PSNI officer Michael Daly, who is one of three officers from the national protective services bureau to be included.
He had served as a chief inspector in the PSNI but when he joined the Garda two years ago he was promoted to detective superintendent along with the other officers, Declan Daly and Anne Marie Cagney.
Also included in the batch of new chiefs are Det Supt John O'Reilly, who is in charge of the detective branch in the Northern region, Det Supt Tony Howard, a key figure in the drugs and organised crime bureau, Supt Peter Duff, who controls the Tallaght district in south Dublin, and Det Supt Cliodhna Richardson, of the crime and security section at Garda headquarters in the Phoenix Park.